Moscow, September 13 – AIF-Moscow.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that a new stage in the mutual release of prisoners and detained citizens between Russia and Ukraine, which Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky mentioned earlier, is possible, but requires preparation, writes RIA Novosti.
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“This requires the start of a new process of exchange of opinions, very, very painstaking and probably stretched out over time,” the agency quoted the Kremlin representative as saying. Peskov also noted that no one denies the expediency of this process, therefore it is a matter of “bilateral contacts”.
In addition, the presidential spokesman told media representatives that Vladimir Putin had not yet spoken with Zelensky about returning to Kiev the ships detained by the Russian border service in the Kerch Strait due to violation of the state border.
Answering the question whether Russia can give these ships to Ukraine under any conditions, Peskov said that he was not ready now to discuss this topic. “Within the framework of the contacts that take place between Moscow and Kiev, this issue should be raised. And when it is raised, it will be considered, ”he added.
Commenting on Zelensky’s words on the preparation of a roadmap for the implementation of the Minsk agreements to resolve the situation in the Donbas with clear deadlines, Peskov noted that the Kremlin was impressed by this statement. According to him, only the implementation of the Minsk agreements in full will help to solve the domestic problem.
On September 7, Russia and Ukraine released 35 convicts and detainees each, including Oleg Sentsov, convicted in the Russian Federation for preparing a terrorist act, and 24 Ukrainian soldiers who violated the Russian border.
The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, the day before, said that Moscow “quite a long time ago” submitted to Kiev its proposals on the return of the three ships detained in the Kerch Strait, but has not yet received an answer.